Lancs & Cornwall 06
Day 12 -
Tuesday, 26 Sep. 2006 - Andy: Tuesday started off very well!! I had decided to
buy the dinghy which we had seen at the post office in Portscatho.
The dinghy and oars turned out to be quite a bit cheaper than we
thought but we didn't manage to find any fishing tackle which would
have made it more fun. After acquiring the dinghy we sat at the bottom
of the ramp and proceeded to inflate it, which was a very time
consuming process which left us both completely breathless.
Once we had the dinghy inflated we set off across the bay towards the
coastguard observation point taking lots of photos along the way.
Michelle got seasick but recovered a little later once we developed a
better rhythm at rowing. After taking a quick tour of the bay I
returned a stiff, cold and sickly Michelle to the shore. After making
an essential detour around the jetty.
On the way in we found a live starfish in a tiny pool which we
photographed for our site. After dropping Michelle off I went back out
in the dinghy while Michelle went looking in the rock pools for things
to take pictures of I went around the other coast since it was such a
calm day with an onshore wind, hoping to find my old "den" but it has
eroded away. Then I noticed the coast guard heading towards me
and so fearing I had been reported for being too far out in a small
dinghy (as was so often the case when I was younger) I made full steam
for shore and only just made it in time!
Once back in calmer water I made my way to where Michelle was on the
rocks and asked if she would like to come for another ride. At
this point it had been such a great day that almost nothing
could have spoilt it. I say almost because Michelle's next sentence
left me completely speechless. "I've lost the car keys!" This in
itself was bad enough, the the alarm and door locking control had also
gone! Luckily our house keys and my wallet were in my coat
pocket. Unluckily Michelle had put my coat in the car! As the full
implication of Michelle's statement fell into place I imagined we
would be sleeping on the beach.
We tried looking for the keys but there was little hope since they
were black on black rocks and very dark seaweed. And as if that wasn't
bad enough, the tide was coming in! At this point we were car less,
had nowhere to stay and we were a long way from home. On a brighter
note, Michelle's only shoes were also in the car!
We tried in vein to get a metal detector but in reality it was already
to late since the tide had already covered the area where the keys had
been lost. So we made several phone calls to arrange some new keys and
arranged for them to be sent to the local post office. Then we took a
taxi back to the cottage. Michelle then went up to the farm for a
spare house key and to explain how she had lost the car keys.
Luckily they had a spare set so at least we had somewhere to sleep.
Having sorted everything out we settled down to a pleasant evening.
After everything was sorted out to the best of our abilities and we
were safely back at our little cottage I half expected Andy to start
questioning me as to why I didn't leave the keys with the rest of our
belongings earlier. Much to my complete horrification I saw an evil
smile slowly creep over his face. I knew the next words out of his
mouth were going to send shivers down my spine. Sure enough he
uttered those fateful words: "And you thought accidentally deleting
website was bad! Wait till I get started on this one." Unless
you know Andy, those words may not seem all that bad, however I KNEW
then and there that I will be spending the rest of my life hearing
about that one mistake at the absolute worst possible times for me and
at the most opportune times for him!
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